May is Coach Development Month

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A message from Peter Niedre, Canoe Kayak Canada’s Director of Coach and Athlete Development

May is upon us, and let me be the first to wish you all a Happy Coach Development Month. Coaches are a central, integral part of our sport system, and I’m proud of the progress being made in developing and professionalizing coaching career pathway, and developing coaches. May is a month to celebrate that progress and to continue to move forward to ensure competent coaching at every stage of the athlete pathway.




In addition to appreciating the contributions coaches make to our athletes, clubs and communities, May is also a month to develop the coaching profession through, recruiting, developing, educating and certifying more canoe kayak coaches.

CKC has partnered with many Provincial and Territorial Canoe Kayak Organizations to provide NCCP coach education opportunities:

You can find workshops happening near you through your Division/Provincial Association and by viewing provincial canoe kayak association calendars. Whether you’re signing up yourself or encouraging young club coaches to get certified, your help goes a long way in ensuring we have quality coaching in Canada to provide outstanding programming at every level. .

Online Workshops

Starting May 17, CKC will also be hosting weekly online workshops. These will be hosted using Adobe Connect, so make sure you have access to high speed internet, as well as a head set to participate. All of these workshops can be used for professional development points towards coaches maintenance of certification.

Date / Time Workshop Details Register
Tuesday, May 17

20:00 EST

Best Practices in transitioning CanoeKids or initiation paddlers into race programs.

Facilitated by: Ian Mortimer

The workshop will focus on best practices clbs, divisions or provincial associations use to facilitate the transition of CanoeKids or initiation paddlers to racing programs. Register using the Locker at


Ensure the calendar is set for “All Locations”, or Ontario as the workshop will be run from CKC.

Wednesday, May 25

13:00 EST

Building the Foundations II: Update on CKC-Sprint Long Term Athlete Some updates have been made to the sprint CKC LTAD model at the FUNdamentals-foundations and Train to Train stages, and some potential updates to the stages in the model will also be discussed for consultation.
Tuesday May 31

13:00 EST

BASE-7 101 Are you ready for the BASE-7 Challenge? CKC will be launching a new fitness challenge this summer for learn to train and train to train athletes (11 – 15 year olds). This workshop will outline the 7 tests of physical literacy in BASE-7, as well as how to implement the tests.


We will be promoting Coach Development Month on TwitterFacebook, Instagram and our website. The social media world will be a buzz with fun coaching fact, tips and trivia. Look for, retweet and come up with your own #CoachTidbits.

If you have a story idea or other suggestions for Coach Development Month, please email me at

I look forward to a great month ahead.

Peter Niedre
Director of Coach and Athlete Development, Canoe Kayak Canada